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[cover image]April 2017
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BME talent is blocked and underutilised - Discrimination exists at every stage of BME workers’ careers, says a government commissioned report. What can be done to change this? Curb on exit payments for public sector workers - The Tories’ cap on redundancy and other exit payments for public sector workers will hit long-serving public servants with modest earnings. Tories’ slash and burn on benefits continues - Low-income families and disabled people on benefits face increased hardship as further "reforms" to the welfare system get underway.[More ...]

[cover image]March 2017
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Closing the gap? - Regulations requiring employers to publish information on the gender pay gap finally come into force from the end of March. Do they go far enough? Women’s health and safety - Women’s occupational health and safety is still often ignored or not properly taken into account. Trade unions are working to ensure this changes; Industrial action - Key provisions of the government’s union-bashing Trade Union Act take effect this month. How will unions respond to the challenges this presents?[More ...]

[cover image]February 2017
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The right prescription? - further substantial change to already heavily pressured health and care services is under way, thanks to Sustainability and Transformation Plans; Cold logic of hot desking - hot desking seems to be on the rise, as cash-strapped local authorities reduce office space. How can unions influence the practice to safeguard members?; Domestic violence - the effects of domestic violence and abuse can often spill over into the workplace - which makes it an important issue for trade unions to address[More ...]

[cover image]January 2017
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The year ahead - the coming year is likely to be a very challenging one for trade unions, as Labour Research reports; Right turn? - across Europe, parties of the populist right have met with some electoral success: so who are they?; Status report - The rise of the so-called gig economy has seen the issue of employment status placed firmly in the spotlight; Unsafe bet - gambling during working hours is more possible than ever before, thanks to the rise of online gaming[More ...]